Clinical Supervision Training

Training rural allied health professionals in clinical supervision assists the professionals themselves (particularly new recruits who are inexperienced in student supervision) as well as the students they supervise. Rural health professionals who are clinical supervisors or preceptors (i) value the contribution they make to students’ knowledge and skills; (ii) take the opportunity to promote rural practice as a career option to their students; (iii) enjoy the teaching role as a clinical supervisor or preceptor; (iv) are stimulated by being a preceptor and keep up with professional development; and (v) tend to increase their time spending on reviewing their clinical knowledge [1]. Preceptor training needs are generic across the allied health disciplines and skills to adequately supervise students can be taught in a multi-professional training program [2].

After completion of the basic training, clinical supervisors can be supported and given access to specific workshops or seminars in their region that are held once or twice a year. They can be encouraged to work together in small groups to facilitate ongoing preceptorship development, for example, in clinical psychology [3].

Currently, there are several training programs of mixed quality and cost available to professionals who want to precept. Disadvantages of some of these programs are the high fees, the need to attend in person and or required attendance during working hours. Preceptorship training should not be regarded as the entire responsibility of the teaching universities that place students in the different regions nor of the health agencies that allow their staff to supervise students as part of their work. At the moment a web-based program is being utilised in the GGT region that can be accessed at any time by professionals who want to train online.

To register for the training please contact Jan Lier [email protected]  or 55 518448 for further information.



1. Shannon SJ, Walker-Jeffreys M, Newbury JW, Cayetano T, Brown K, Petkov J. Rural clinician opinion of being a preceptor. Rural & Remote Health. 2006;6(490).

2. Hook AD, Lawson-Porter A. The development and evaluation of a fieldwork educator's training programme for allied health professionals. Medical Teacher. 2003;25(5):527-536.

3. Shillitoe R, Eltringhan S, Green D. Clinician, update thyself: assessing the value of local training courses. British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 2002;9:166-170.